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Secondary Specialty:

Pediatric Endocrinology

Board Certifications:

  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatrics


MD, University of Witwatersrand/School of Medicine Johannesburg, South Africa


Groote Schuur Hospital
Cape Town, South Africa
Red Cross Hospital
Capetown, South Africa


UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
University of Capetown
Rondebosch, South Africa


Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Dorothy J. Becker, MD


Director, Diabetes Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


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Research Interests

  • TRIGR (Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk) Study
  • TrialNet (Prediction and Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes)

View Dr. Becker's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Dorothy J. Becker, MBBCh, has been internationally recognized for her work in the treatment and prevention of diabetes in children. Dr. Becker is chief of endocrinology and diabetes and director of the diabetes program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Becker’s clinical and research focus is diabetes and the application of new therapies in this area. In a major project funded by the National Institutes for Health, Dr. Becker is the principal investigator and coordinator of six U.S. centers of a multinational primary prevention trial for Type I diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. This 10-year study is designed to determine whether feeding predigested cow milk formula to babies who are bottle-fed will prevent insulin-dependent diabetes. Dr. Becker’s current and past research activities include investigating cognitive function and hypoglycemia in children with Type I diabetes (through 2004), and causes and complications of and risk factors for developing Type I diabetes.

Among her many achievements, Dr. Becker has received the McEllroy Award from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Alumni Association, the Founder’s Award from the Midwest Society of Pediatric Research and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diabetes in Youth from the American Diabetes Association. She also is a member of the western Pennsylvania board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Association and has been invited to lecture audiences around the world.

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